By Samore Law
08/26/2016 No doubt about it, HONESTY. Whether we are representing you on criminal or family law matters, you have every right and need for an attorney who tells you the truth.
We won't mislead you here just to get you to hire us to represent you or your loved ones. We shall tell you the truth about what representation in your case will cost and what the risks are if you decide to go all the way through a trial. For example, if an attorney tells you that he can represent you on a child custody and time-sharing for $3,000, that attorney is lying. You can quote me on that; child custody cases do not get resolved for that little amount of lawyer time. If an attorney "lowballs" you (that is, misrepresents how much it will really cost to do a thorough job), one of two things will happen: the lawyer will keep asking you for more money to handle the case or the lawyer will do a crappy job and you will suffer.
In the same way, Honesty from your lawyer is essential for you to determine what the risks are of trying to settle your case. In family law, "settling your case" means compromising on what you want with the other side, who should also have to give up something they want. In a criminal case, it may mean plea bargaining your case. (Someone else asked me about "plea bargaining," so, if you have questions about that, you can check that answer elsewhere in this website.) When you go to trial, you never know what to expect and, sometimes, both sides are unhappy with the outcome. Had they worked together better before the trial, they might have fashioned a more balanced result.
I do not decide to settle or to try your case. Al I can ever do is give advice, and the decision will be yours. In order to work toward any kind of a compromise in either type case, you better make darned sure that your lawyer knows the facts and the law that applies to your case. On occasion, we can effectively present evidence in your favor to the other side that will tilt the result your way, and you won't even have to go through the expense and gut-wrenching stress of a trial.
The good lawyers, however, can make no promise as to outcome; the only promise we can make (and try to deliver) is to do our best. Doing our best includes always telling your the truth about your exposure and dangers as well as your strong points..if a lawyer just tells you before you hire him or her how great your case is, you can bet they are just trying to get you to hire them. Honesty includes telling the truth to you from the beginning of your relationship as attorney and client, even when the truth may be a little painful.WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DUTY I OWE MY ATTORNEY? The same thing: HONESTY. If you do not tell us the truth about the bad as well as the good in your case, we cannot effectively represent you. Let us know of the problems and what the other side may say about you (even if you do not think that it is true), because that is the only way we can prepare to effectively respond.
John F.M. Samore, Attorney, Lawyer, practices Family Law, Criminal Law, and DWI Law and provides personalized, diligent, and creative service for his clients. When your future is at risk, you want to take a deep breath and make good decisions about how to handle difficult situations.You deserve one-…